USC Aiken Retention & Graduation Rates

Pursuant to the federal Student Right-to-Know Act, the six-year completion or graduation rate for freshmen who entered the University of South Carolina Aiken in 2010 on a full-time basis was 42.7%. The six-year graduation rate of full-time students averaged over four years was 41.8%. The four-year average transfer out rate of full-time students was 34.0%. The one year retention rate for the Fall 2014 full-time freshman cohort was 71.9%.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (Sec. 488(a)(3)) requires that the completion or graduation rates of the institution must be disaggregated by

  • gender;
  • major racial and ethnic subgroups;
  • recipients of a Federal Pell Grant;
  • recipients of a subsidized Direct Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant; and
  • students who did not receive either a Pell Grant or a subsidized Stafford Loan.

The following reports are broken out by gender and ethnicity (new race/ethnicity definitions for IPEDS begin with 2010 cohort):


The following report shows the six-year graduation rates for First-Time, Full-time degree seeking students who (1) received a Federal Pell Grant; (2) received a subsidized Stafford Loan, but did not receive a Pell Grant; and (3) neither received a Pell Grant nor a subsidized Stafford Loan:


In compliance with the GI Bill Consumer Awareness Act of 2012, the following report shows the retention and six-year graduation rates for degree-seeking students disaggregated by military affiliate and non-affiliate status. Military affiliates include veterans, active military, and dependent spouses and children.


The University of South Carolina Aiken also disaggregates retention, progression, and graduation rates by the first-generation and non-first-generation status of students entering the institution. A first-generation student is one whose parents did not enroll in postsecondary education.